Businesses showing continued commitment to sustainable practices

Businesses showing continued commitment to sustainable practices

The Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2021will highlight the impactful and innovative ways in which businesses engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their communities

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3rd July, 2021

Businesses across every sector continue to make changes as the global economy slowly gets back on its feet in a post-Covid world – and it is abundantly clear that adopting a sustainable approach is a crucial factor in how companies do business in the future.

With this in mind, Chambers Ireland has just published the shortlist for its Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2021. Sponsored by BAM Ireland, the awards will highlight the impactful and innovative ways in which businesses engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.

In total, 83 projects have been shortlisted across 14 award categories, with the winners announced at an online awards ceremony on Thursday, September 16.

Speaking about the awards, Mags Brennan, president of Chambers Ireland, said that in recent years, employees and wider society have come to expect more engagement by business on key issues that affect us all. “With that comes the opportunity to demonstrate initiative and lead by example. Through this leadership, strong foundations are built and our collective resilience is strengthened,” she said.

“The businesses shortlisted have faced a year full of disruption and uncertainty and have still managed to deliver on their continued commitment to sustainable practices. This has been to the benefit of their community, the climate and their staff. It is a proud moment for us to show the world just how impactful business can be even in such testing times.”

Theo Cullinane, chief executive at BAM Ireland, agrees and says the importance of sustainability runs deep at BAM.

“We are continuously impressed with the progressive sustainable initiatives showcased at these awards each year,” he said. “Our long–term sustainability ambition is to be a business that has an overall positive impact on society and the environment by 2050. As a long–term partner, it has been exciting to see sustainable philosophy become an increasingly important strategic focus of companies in Ireland. The business community has shown how responsive it can be and we are proud to continue to support these awards and highlight the great examples of sustainable practice it provides.

“We would like to congratulate all of the companies shortlisted for the Sustainable Business Impact Awards. To come this far demonstrates the significance of your work and the value of your leadership. It will inspire others to follow you and that is a major achievement in itself.”

The Sustainable Business Impact Awards showcase best practice in sustainable development and social responsibility undertaken by companies of all sizes across Ireland. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are at the heart of these Awards, celebrating sustainable business practices and championing Chambers Ireland’s alignment with the Goals.

Full Shortlist

Communication

A&L Goodbody – Communication of ALG's Responsible Business strategy

AIB – AIB Sustainability Conference, Climate Finance Week Ireland 2020

Boots Ireland – Boots Ireland ‘Safe Space’ Initiative

Earth’s Edge – B Corp Awareness

EirGrid – Pivoting to Virtual Engagement in response to Covid–19

Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC

A&L Goodbody – PILA – Championing Change through Legal Pro Bono

AIB – Building Inclusive Banking at AIB with the Now Group

Earth’s Edge – Equipment Lending Initiative with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Programme

Gas Networks Ireland – Gas Networks Ireland partnership with Age Action

Goodbody – The An Cosán Apprenticeship

John Craddock – Jigginstown House – A residential facility for vulnerable young adults

KPMG – Focus on Literacy – Gift a Book

Permanent TSB – Concert4Cancer Brought To You By The Permanent TSB Community Fund

SuperValu – SuperValu and AsIAm’s ‘Bridge Back to School’, an autism-friendly resource

Community – Partnership with Charity – MNC

Aldi Ireland – Aldi Ireland & FoodCloud Partnership

Boots Ireland – Boots Ireland and Irish Cancer Society Partnership

Diageo Ireland – Dublin City Volunteer Centre: Together for Christmas campaign

Intel Ireland – Intel Signature Charity Program

Microsoft Ireland – Microsoft Empowering Enable Ireland’s Virtual Service Centres for Adults

The Irish Heart Foundation, Abbott & ESB Networks – The Hard and Fast Rule

Community – Volunteering – LIC

Arthur Cox – Arthur Cox’s Innovative Virtual Engagement with The Early Learning Initiative

Earth’s Edge – Explore, Experience, Evolve

Gas Networks Ireland – Gas Networks Ireland's 10–year volunteering partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland

KPMG – KPMG BOLD GIRLS meets 20x20 initiative

Community – Volunteering – MNC

Abbott – ASPIRE with Abbott

Facebook Ireland – Facebook Ireland’s Social Good Programme

Intel – Intel Involved – Volunteering through a Pandemic

Medtronic – Spotlight Pilot– Medtronic and COPE Galway

VMware – Virtual Volunteering at VMware

Community – Community Programme – LIC

A&L Goodbody – Supporting social inclusion through our educational programmes

AIB – AIB Together – AIB’s community programme

Arthur Cox – The Arthur Cox Virtual Legal Education Programme for DEIS Schools

Earth's Edge – The Porter Project: Interest Free Micro Business Loans

Gas Networks Ireland – Gas Networks Ireland supports schools through BITCIs Schools Business Partnership

KPMG – Making a Difference

Permanent TSB – Building Affordable Family Homes – A Partnership With Ó Cualann

Community – Community Programme – MNC

Abbott – Croí an Óir: Supporting Our Communities

Aldi Ireland – Aldi’s Community Grants Programme

Boots Ireland – Dementia – Understand Together Campaign & Boots

Canada Life Reinsurance Ireland – Water for Life

Diageo Ireland – Guinness Raising the Bar

DMG Media – Supporting Communities Across Ireland through Covid campaign

Zimmer Biomet – Hop On Board

Environment – LIC

AIB – Pledging to do More – Net Zero in AIB

Earth’s Edge – Tree Planting Programme

Gas Networks Ireland – Carbon Footprint Reduction Roadmap

Hotel Doolin – Hotel Doolin–Ireland's first carbon-neutral hotel and our pandemic work

Irish Water – Embedding Sustainability in Water Services

John Sisk & Son – Sisk’s 2030 Environment Commitments

Environment – MNC

Aldi Ireland – Aldi’s Plastic & Packaging Pledges

Diageo Ireland – Sustainable waste beer disposal initiative

Eli Lilly Kinsale – Lilly Kinsale Solar Farm

Intel Ireland – Biodiversity caring for the environment

Irish Distillers – Sustainable Green Spring Barley scheme

Microsoft Ireland – Microsoft Ireland’s Renewable Energy Project in Partnership with SSE Airtricity

Workplace – LIC

A&L Goodbody – Reset. Revive. Thrive.

AIB – Power of the Collective

Earth’s Edge – Workplace Wellness

KPMG – KPMG Wellbeing

SSE Airtricity – SSE Airtricity, proud sustainability partner to Dublin Zoo

Workplace – MNC

Abbott – LiveLifeWell (Empowering employees to live healthier, fuller lives)

DAC Beachcroft Dublin – Flex Forward

Diageo Ireland – Diageo Ireland: Focus on Wellbeing

John Sisk & Son – Sisk’s Health and Wellbeing Programme

Lidl Ireland – Prioritising the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers

VMware – VMware Irelands Virtual Workplace

Social Enterprise

A&L Goodbody – MyMind – Bridging the Gap in Mental Health Services

AIB – AIB Together Community Programme Partnership with FoodCloud

The Shona Project, in collaboration with Beat 102–103, iRadio, Spin South West and Spin 1038 – Shine Festival

DPD Ireland – Lough Ree Access For All ‘Resilience’ Boat Initiative

William Fry – Social Impact+

SME

Buck & Hound – Pro Bono Public Relations Partnership with Dublin Simon Community

Central Solutions – Water Stewardship Programmes and Partnerships

Health Beacon – HB Green Labs

Pale Blue Dot® Recruitment – Corporate Strategy – ‘GBWP – Giving Back Where Possible’

Spotlight Oral Care – Zero Waste Box™ Dental Aligner Recycling Programme

Tico Mail Works – Sustainability through CSR

Diversity & Inclusion

A&L Goodbody – Diversity and inclusion at A&L Goodbody

AIB – Mentor Her

Arthur Cox – Women in the Firm Initiative

Diageo Ireland – Diageo Ireland’s Progressive Inclusion & Diversity Framework

KPMG – KPMG Courageous Conversations

Law Society of Ireland – Promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the solicitors’ profession

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